ANOTHER JUDGE TO HEAR SERIAL KILLER PHILIP ONYANCHA CASE; DPP.

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Serial killer Philip Onyancha before high court criminal division at Milimani law courts.

BY SAM ALFAN.

The Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko wants a criminal case against serial killer Philip Onyancha to proceed without further delays.

The delay was caused by the untimely retirement of Judge Nicholas Ombija.

DPP wants the case to continue from where the judge left it.

Senior state counsel Moses Omirera, told Justice Jessie Lessiit, that it is only one witness who is yet to clear his evidence and the prosecution will close its case once the witness is examined.

The Investigating officer had already given his part of the evidence before he was asked to avail to the court more documents on his inquiry.

Mr Omirera proposed that whereas several witnesses had already testified, it was better that the matter proceed from where it had reached.

The judge directed that proceedings in the case be typed on priority basis and the matter be mentioned on May 17 for further directions.

Onyacha had confessed to killing 19 women and children. He has however denied three murder charges preferred against him by the office of the DPP. Onyancha, who entered a plea on 2014 before Justice Jessie Lessit, said he did not commit the offences.

Together with his co-accused Tobias Nyabuhanga Aradi and Douglas Obiero Makori, they denied that on April 14 2014 at Ngando village in Dagoretti, Nairobi they murdered 14-year-old Anthony Njirwa Muiruri.

Onyancha also denied killing Jacqueline Chepngetich Misoi on May 30 2008, at Mount Kenya building along Kombo Munyiri road in Nairobi. Onyancha who had earlier told police and the media that he committed the murders, also denied killing Catherine Chelagat on November 22, 2008.

The suspect took a plea after a psychiatrist examination report produced in court showed that he is capable of taking the plea, following court proceedings and instructing his counsel.

In their report, Chief Psychiatric and the Director of Mental Health services David M. Kiima assisted by Psychiatrists Donald A.

Kokonya and James Mburu concluded that although the accused had a traumatic past, he has good and past memory.

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